The money for the bikes was raised by the Loss Prevention Foundation, supported by the Lowe’s Loss Prevention and Safety Department.
The USS Foundation’s Adopt-A-Bike program gives free bicycles to kids in underserved communities across the country. “Having grown up in poverty myself, I feel a great deal of empathy and affection for these children,” said Adel Sayegh, founder and CEO of the USS Foundation. “With this program we want to show them that there are people who care about them; that they are not forgotten by the world.”
Gene Smith, president of the Loss Prevention Foundation, said, “The Loss Prevention Foundation was thrilled to see how happy the children were last December when they received their bicycles. And, we are very happy to be able to extend the program to twelve more of their classmates.” Smith also said that he is proud that other companies have offered their support for the program: Walmart has given a big discount on the bicycles to the foundation, and has also assembled the bikes for free; Family Dollar provided the trucks and manpower to bring the bikes to the school; and Food Lion gave a $25 gift card for groceries to each child.
Claude Verville, Lowe’s Vice President of Loss Prevention and Safety, also shared his thoughts of the event: “Lowe’s has a presence in so many communities throughout the country where we work to help those challenged by the current economy. The USS Foundation’s Adopt-A-Bike program is a great way to inspire these great kids with so much potential to work hard and not lose faith that a great future can be theirs.”